Donny Cruse

Meet Captain Donny Cruse

Meet Donny Cruse and Bent Rod Guide Service

Meet Captain Donny Cruse, a seasoned angler and the heart and soul behind your unforgettable fishing adventures. From the early days spent fishing with his grandparents and parents, Captain Donny's passion for the outdoors runs deep. His connection with Rockport dates back to the 1960s, and it's that initial trip that ignited his love for living, hunting, and, most importantly, fishing.

In 1997, Captain Donny and his family made Texas their home, and in 2003, fueled by the encouragement of friends and fellow guides, he ventured into the world of guiding. With over 40 years of fishing experience in Rockport, Captain Donny possesses an unparalleled understanding of the local waters, ensuring you have the best possible chance of a successful catch.

Captain Donny is not just a guide; he's a seasoned angler who has competed in Redfish tournaments for six seasons in the coastal bend. His expertise spans various fishing techniques, including bait casting, trolling, and fly fishing. This wealth of knowledge allows him to tailor your fishing experience to your preferences, whether you're a novice or an experienced angler.

Boat Details:

The Blazer Bay is a versatile 24-foot motorboat designed for optimal fishing experiences. With a guest capacity of 4, this vessel is perfect for a small group outing. Manufactured by Blazer Bay in the year 2000, it boasts reliability and durability. Powered by a Mercury 250 pro XS engine with 250 horsepower, the boat can reach a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots, ensuring a swift journey to your favorite fishing spots. Equipped with essential features like a bait tank, GPS navigation, and a fish finder, the Blazer Bay enhances your fishing adventure by keeping your bait fresh, guiding you to the best locations, and helping you locate the prized catch. This boat is a perfect blend of functionality and performance, promising an enjoyable and successful day on the water.

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Good to Knows

Trip Includes

  • Licensed Guide
  • Bait
  • All tackle and rods (if boat fishing)
  • Cleaning of the harvest and packaging for the trip home

Things to Bring

  • Appropriate clothing for weather
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Snacks and drinks (an ice chest/ ice will be provided to put these in)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Ice chest to take harvest home

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